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May 1978

Neuro-ophthalmology: Symposium of the University of Miami and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute,

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(5):917. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050509035

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This is the ninth volume in the Neuro-ophthalmology Symposia series, which has been coming out of Miami for the last 13 years. Together, the various volumes make a fascinating record of the progress of the subspecialty.

Some topics, such as what to do about amaurosis fugax, the use of steroids in optic neuritis, and Grave's ophthalmopathy, have been chewed and rechewed for more than a decade. But some topics were almost unheard of when the series began (ie, the retinal nerve fiber layer in optic nerve disease; computerized tomography scanning; transsphenoidal microsurgery of the sellar region).

Interestingly, 38% of the pages in this book are by ophthalmologists, and 62% are by other specialists (neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists). This suggests that the contents should be particularly instructive to the ophthalmologists who still represent perhaps three quarters of all the neuro-ophthalmologists active today.

Like its predecessors, this is an important book,

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